The Republic of Ireland has marked its 70th birthday, the first anniversary of the creation of the Irish Free State and the centenary of the signing of the Treaty of Good Friday.
With the country’s independence in 1967 and a ceasefire in 1995, Ireland became a world power and the world’s most prosperous nation.
However, the country is now on the verge of another difficult decade of recession and uncertainty, with the country on the brink of a third recession since the global financial crisis began in 2008.
On Saturday, a parade will mark the centenaries of the founding fathers and the first President of the Republic, Pearse Coolmachlan.
In a nod to the Republic of Cooley, the Irish flag will be flown in the parade with the flag of the former County Clare, while in other areas of the country, a green flag will fly over the town of Roscommon.
The Republic of Meath will fly the Irish Gaelic flag in Roscommon with the colours of the British Isles on the flag.
On the same day, the Republic’s capital, Dublin, will be lit in the colours and the colours in the stars of the North Atlantic at nightfall.
It is a symbolic parade, with organisers saying it is intended to celebrate the spirit of freedom and unity that is enshrined in the Constitution.
It has become an annual tradition for the Republic to hold the annual parade.
The parade, called Freedom Day, was inaugurated by then-Prime Minister Martin McGuinness on the first Saturday of May in 1992.
It is followed by a procession that starts at the city’s central train station, followed by the parade along the River Seine, followed a kilometre or two later by a ceremonial landing in Roscon, where the flag is flown.
After the parade, a large rally of people march from the main square, then down the main thoroughfare.
Afterwards, the flag will pass through the streets, past the houses of the deceased and their families, the main cathedral, the offices of the newspapers and the town’s main shopping centre.
The day is followed on Saturday by a parade from the city centre through the village of Clonmel, through the town, through Roscon and on to the town hall.
This year’s parade will be held at 7pm, the day after the Republic celebrates its 70 years of independence.
A commemorative programme will also be held, featuring performances from local musicians and poets, and a performance by the band The O’Connells, who performed on the day of the celebrations.
A number of national organisations will also perform, including the Irish National Air Force (INAF) and the Irish Air Force Command.
It will be the fourth time the parade has been held this year.
On March 19, the city held the parade to mark the end of the year, with local people participating.